Fabio Capello’s Russia continued their unbeaten record with a 2-0 win over Iceland. But did we learn anything new?
Fabio Capello is the new Russia manager, but his lucrative salary and high profile cannot hide a lack of vision from the Russian Football Union.
A tweak to the league rules allows Russian sides to play with an additional foreign player on the pitch. But have they sacrificed their national team’s future for the outside chance of European club glory?
Defeat to Greece signals the end of Dick Advocaat’s time in charge of Russia. What will the new man in charge need to do to improve, and where will the next generation of stars come from?
Igor Akinfeev’s injury threatened to ruin Russia’s Euro 2012 before the tournament even started. Thanks to Zenit’s goalkeeper, that hasn’t been the case.
After more than a half a decade in the international wilderness, Marat Izmailov has made a sensation return to the Russian national side. His journey to Poland and Ukraine has not been an easy one.
Euro 2008 was great, but Russia’s performances since have been less than inspired. With an aging squad, can Dick Advocaat’s men once again stun a continent and light up the tournament?